Construction employability boost

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A SCHEME which gives job seekers the building blocks to start a career in the construction industry has marked the successful completion of six more candidates.

The intensive four week training and work experience programme is organised by Robertson Tayside and Dundee City Council with support from employability specialists The Wise Group and DWP Job Centre Plus.

Lynne Short convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee said: β€œThis type of training, which has successfully provided job opportunities for people in the past, is only possible because we have strong partnerships in Dundee.

β€œRobertson’s have shown significant support by providing work experience placements through their supply chain, training materials and allowing training and placements on their sites.

β€œThat commitment along with the trainees and all of the other companies and agencies involved has created a free and valuable resource for people looking to take their first step towards getting a job in construction.”

Kevin Dickson, managing director of Robertson Tayside, said: β€œWe’re proud to support the programme which will not only provide job seekers in Dundee with the tools needed to begin a career in the built environment industry, but also provide them with the CV-enhancing experience of a live work environment.

β€œWe have had great support from our supply chain which means that each candidate has received a placement relevant to their interests to help them determine their skills and strengths while being supported by industry professionals.

β€œWith a number of projects across Tayside, it’s important for us to work with the local community to provide opportunities that will create an able and skilled workforce.”

Placements for the candidates were provided by Pert Bruce, Kilmac, ISA Scaffolding, McKenna Electrical, WBS Keillor and Dundee Plant.

The event, at Dundee’s Waterfront site six, provided an opportunity for partners, colleagues, providers and employers to find out more about the programme and the types of training that have been completed. 

Topics including manual handling, conflict management and the safe and effective use of powered access equipment were covered by the Robertson Academy.

Each of the candidates - Andrew French, Brandon Hawes, Jordan Dolderer, Andrew Whyte, Cameron Marshall and Fraser Henderson received a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card that demonstrates the training and qualifications they have undertaken.

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